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Jim Beekman named SBF’s Administrator of the Year
November 10, 2014
The industry veteran galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented improvements that led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.
2 school districts among winners of Green Fleet Award
November 4, 2014
Houston Independent School District in Texas and Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania are honored for use of alternative fuels and other green initiatives.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Florida district cuts diesel use by 151K gallons in a year
October 14, 2013
Orange County Public Schools' combined initiative of anti-idling, biodiesel and fuel-efficient buses resulted in an overall reduction of 151,788 gallons of diesel fuel this past year. The economic benefit was a cost avoidance of $538,847 in fuel costs to the district, and the environmental benefit was a reduction of 1,503 metric tons of carbon matter output.
New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big
August 27, 2013

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
Congress passes alt-fuel tax credit extensions
January 3, 2013
The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Obama, extends tax credits for such fuels as propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel — all of which power many school buses.
Cook-Illinois to expand use of Zonar telematics platform
October 4, 2012
The school bus contractor currently uses the platform on 900 buses and plans to use it on 1,300 additional buses by the end of this year. The technology is used to track vehicle mileage, speed, idling and stops, and some routes also utilize Zonar’s electronic vehicle inspection report and ZPass for tracking students.
App provides alternative fuel station location data
August 8, 2012
The Cleaner and Greener Fuels app from Leonardo Academy is available for download free of charge from the iTunes app store, the Google Play store and the Cleaner and Greener website. It provides routes to stations on a series of interactive maps for such fuels as compressed natural gas, biodiesel, propane and electricity.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Company helps Calif. district ‘green’ fleet with biodiesel
November 21, 2011
Buster Biofuels partners with Legoland California, the San Diego Padres and other entities to collect their grease and oil, recycling it into biodiesel to power San Dieguito Union High School District buses. The district is currently powering two buses with a B20 biodiesel blend and plans to eventually run its entire fleet on the fuel.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.
Getting Lean, Clean and Green
June 7, 2011

As school districts face growing budgetary concerns, fleet operators are cutting costs by using green technology and implementing eco-friendly policies.

Ford, Georgia Tech partner on hydraulic hybrid bus conversion
May 17, 2011
The Ford Motor Co. Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology partner for the “Green Eco School Bus,” a project focused on converting an existing school bus into a hydraulic hybrid that runs on recycled biofuel. Atlanta Public Schools donated the 16-passenger unit, and officials say installation is nearly complete.
Transportation agency honored for ‘green’ fleet
April 5, 2011
California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman presents his March Sustainable North Bay Award to West County Transportation Agency Executive Director Michael Rea for the agency’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It operates 44 vehicles on compressed natural gas, and all of its diesel exhaust systems have been retrofitted with the highest level particulate trap.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
Alternative Fuel Options: Spotlight on Propane and CNG
June 10, 2010

Thinking about operating buses powered by these fuels? Take into consideration the possible financial benefits, the space necessary for refueling infrastructure and what type of dispensing equipment suits the fleet, as well as employee safety and training.

Minnesota increases biodiesel content mandate
May 6, 2009
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota now requires that diesel fuel contain a 5-percent blend (B5) of homegrown biodiesel. The biodiesel content mandate increa...
Texas district unveils bio-fuel school bus
April 7, 2009
DALLAS — Last week, Dallas County Schools (DCS) unveiled its “Fryer Flyer,” a school bus with twin fuel systems — one that carries biodiesel and one ...
Report: Biodiesel not to blame for bus malfunctions
January 27, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Commerce said Thursday that biodiesel was not what caused a dozen school buses to malfunction in fri...
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